Hand Knit Slouch Socks Finish

Hand Knit Chunky Slouch Socks, Knitting, Tivoli Haven Yarn

While in my local craft shop recently I found a gorgeous yarn call Tivoli Haven. It is super chunky and soft so I bought a couple of balls to make some nice comfie slouch socks. However having gotten my yarn I couldn’t find any patterns online that used Aran (8wpi) weight with 8mm needles. At first I was despondent but then I decided I could make them myself, if I knew how to calculate the number of cast on stitches I needed! Continue reading

Pretty, Patterned, Cotton Socks

Hey everyone, hope you are all getting in lots of creative time. We have been pretty busy here but I have managed to do some crafting here and there. Since I knit my first pair of socks, see here for that post, I have been a bit sock mad. There are just so many amazing patterns out there, many with really beautiful designs. I was itching to try a decorative pair but wasn’t too confident in my sock knitting skills. Continue reading

Blossoming Spring Cross Stitch Finish

Cross Stitch Finish, Blossoming Spring, Sheila Hudson, The Ultimate Forest Friends Cross Stitch Collection, stitching

I’m delighted to report, I have my first cross stitch finish of 2017! I took out Blossoming Spring the other day and was shocked at how little was left to be done. I thought that there was a fair amount of stitching left on this piece. However only the top cluster of blossoms needed finishing. The last progress report on this project can be found here for those interested.  Continue reading

Bent Creek’s Bird Seed Cross Stitch, Finished as a Cube!

Bent Creek Bird Seed Cross Stitch Cube Finish, Just Cross Stitch Magazine

Hey everyone, I’ve another cross stitch post to share with you all. Cube finishes for cross stitches have been cropping up all over the internet. A number of blogs I regularly read had some gorgeous pieces displayed using this technique. I began to fall in love with it and really wanted to give it a go. After doing a little bit of searching online, to get my head around the basic techniques involved, I made a start using a finished cross stitch called Bird Seed by Bent Creek. This chart is from Just Cross Stitch magazine April 2002 issue. Continue reading

Lavender & Lace: Celtic Spring Cross Stitch Progress

Hey everyone, welcome to February, hopefully we will start seeing some nice Spring greenery soon. Speaking of Spring, in my continuing attempts to avoid working on Elegance of the Orient, last post here, I have some progress to show on my Celtic Lady! I really do feel bad that Elegance has once again been passed over, however at least I didn’t start something new, that makes it ok, right? Continue reading